American McGee’s Oz Kickstarter Cancelled

American McGee is probably best known for his Alice games, with Alice Madness Returns being the last big release from his Spicy Horse studio. However American McGee has also had a bit of a fascination with the world of Oz, including writing a script for a film based in that universe.

American McGee also looked to bring the Oz world to consoles in an action adventure capacity. To do this he turned to Kickstarter to help fund the project but that campaign has now been cancelled due to a lack of support, raising $141,513 from 2,607 backers. The battle for the film rights to the Alice franchise also played a part.

That’s right. McGee is trying to get the rights to the Alice film license. He tried to raise funds through Kickstarter for it but couldn’t as parties can’t run more than one campaign at a time.  So a choice had to be made and the Alice film rights won that battle.

But, that doesn’t mean Oz will be left to gather dust. In his statement on Kickstarter McGee said:

“I sincerely appreciate all of the support and feedback you’ve provided us via the Oz campaign. It’s been an interesting ride and one that has taught me a multitude of valuable lessons. While we’re ending it early, we’re certainly not walking away empty handed. When Oz makes a return you can expect it to be better and stronger.”

So, an Oz game is still an idea that American McGee will revisit but who knows how far in the future that could be.

Source: Kickstarter



  1. Do those who pledged get their money back or is it gone forever?

    And why is he trying to get the Alice movie rights? Would they not be covered by Alice in Wonderland? The last one made Disney over a billion, they’re not about to sell it anytime soon!

    • AFAIK you pledge to donate, providing the intended target is made, your donation is taken. If the target fails, you are not charged.

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